The 6th Grade class recently participated in a Live Simulation through the Wheeling Jesuit University Challenger Learning Center. During the "Hurricane Alert" e-mission, students worked as team of specialists from NOAA's Extreme Weather Response Unit. Each student was responsible for assessing meteorological weather conditions of past hurricanes. Students applied their academic knowledge of mathematical conversions, velocity, geographical locations, and key vocabulary as they took on roles of "Lead Meteorologist, Forecast Specialists, Zone Predictors, and Estimated Time of Arrival Specialists." Students did a phenomenal job communicating and working together in this live simulation project and being leaders in the classroom!!!
e-Missions are simulated, problem-based, learning adventures delivered right into the classroom via distance learning technology. With the use of the Internet and videoconferencing equipment, these “live” scenarios are conducted in our classrooms by a Flight Director at Mission Control from the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University. e-Missions are great tools for West Greene to motivate students to learn math and science while at the same time meeting standards and objectives in the classroom. Each e-Mission provides a website with standards-based materials, activities, and lesson plans to help prepare the students pre-mission. The website also provides all the mission materials needed for the culminating live event on mission day.